Planting Muscadines


Muscadine grapes, also known as mustang grapes, are native to North America. They are popular in wines, jellies and jams but are often thought of as too bitter to eat raw. Muscadine vines produce bronze-colored fruit in bunches. They grow wild along rivers and streams and have been gathered by Native Americans for centuries. Growing muscadine grapes is easy for the diligent gardener. Start your vines in a pot and transplant them into the ground after one year.

Step 1

Find the right location in your yard. Muscadines grow best with at least six hours of sun a day in well-draining soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole. Use a shovel to dig a hole as deep as the container and twice as wide. For nutrient deficient soil, mix compost or potting soil into the hole.

Step 3

Place vine in the center of the hole. Cover the root ball with 2 to 3 inches of soil and then firmly stomp on the soil to eliminate any air pockets.

Step 4

Water immediately. Fully soak the base of your plant and continue to water newly planted muscadine vines once a week. Muscadine grapes are very drought-tolerant once established.

Step 5

Spread mulch. A 1- to 2-inch layer of high-quality mulch will keep the soil moist and aid in preventing an onslaught of weeds.

Step 6

Remove weeds diligently. To ensure rapid growth in the first few years, regularly inspect your gardening site and remove weeds and grass.

Step 7

Fertilize the muscadines. Spread an evenly balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, in a circle 2 feet from the base of the vine. Repeat up to three times during the growing season.

Tips and Warnings

  • It may take several years for your plants to grow large enough to produce fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or potting soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • FGGA
  • North Carolina State University
  • How to Grow Muscadines
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.